Bertha Lewis

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2014

    A Proposed Fee for Plastic Shopping Bags Has Council and City Officials Taking Sides

    New York City Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia knows trash. So it's not surprising that she has a lot to say about the nuisance -- and dangers -- that plastic shopping bags can pose to the city. During a City Council hearing on November 19, though she stopped short of giving a full-throated ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Occupy Wall Street Re-Occupies Foreclosed Home in East New York: A Report From the Scene

    Nick Pinto​Occupy Wall Street organizers ushered in a new phase of their movement yesterday when about 400 people participated in a collaborative takeover to re-occupy a vacant foreclosed home in East New York for a homeless family of four. The afternoon's event, part of a collaborative Nati ... More >>

  • Columns

    November 17, 2010

    Acorn's Long Rise and Fast Fall

    The GOP's other election victory

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    The Sheekey Diaries

    The daily schedules of Kevin Sheekey, deputy mayor for Bloombergian political ambitions, have been posted courtesy of a FOIL request and a good deed by Azi Paybarah, the NY Observer/PolitickerNY's indefatigable political watchdog. In addition to Paybarah's shrewd observations (he notes, for instance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2006

    Cloudy Atlantic Yards Passes, Thanks to Silver Lining

    Atlantic Yards is all over but for the lawsuits. The Public Authorities Control Board—where the West Side Stadium died about 18 months ago—let Bruce Ratner's vision for Brooklyn live with a vote in Albany today that approves nine-figure government subsidies to one of the largest developmen ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2006
  • Blogs

    July 17, 2006

    Celebrity War Over Ratner in Brooklyn

    The Brooklyn celebrity war has been joined. Bruce Ratner, the would-be bringer of the Nets to Brooklyn and builder of Manhattan-style apartment towers on Atlantic Avenue, got the jump in 2003, when he hauled up Jay-Z to make an awkward speech the day Ratner unveiled his project. Yesterday, it wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2005

    Is Gotbaum Master of Her Domain?

    Public Advocate candidates dispute what's eminent and imminent in the Atlantic Yards deal What's worse, feigning ignorance or being ignorant? That is the question raised by the latest attack by public advocate candidates Andrew Rasiej and Norman Siegel on the woman they each want to unseat, incumbe ... More >>

  • News

    August 9, 2005

    Billionaire Buys Union

    But big bucks Mike gives the tab to taxpayers

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2005

    Bill Thompson Wins!!

    He's got money, unions, endorsements, and no viable opponent—except time As the massive crowd of pols, activists, and union members crammed on to the steps of City Hall on Wednesday morning, Councilman Robert Jackson revved up the crowd with shouts of "Who's not endorsing Bill Thompson?" The a ... More >>

  • News

    July 12, 2005

    The Battle of Brooklyn

    Grassroots groups split on whether arena plan scores for borough

  • News

    November 12, 2002

    Sundown on the Patronage Party

    Liberals Sink as Working Families Rise

  • News

    October 29, 2002

    Which Third Way?

    Greens and the Working Families Party Try to Make Progressive Votes Count

  • News

    October 31, 2000

    Nader, Schmader!

    A Third-Party Alternative? Try the Working Families Party.

  • News

    February 2, 1999

    Wooten for the Wrong Team

    Councilmember quashes hopes for housing